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Thanks for coming to work sick.

Written on January 31, 2006 by Kevin.

Working in an office environment in the winter is bound to get you sick. While I can happily say that I fight off the majority of colds and bugs that others so gladly walk the office with, I can tell that I am about to get a sore throat. Certainly a nuisance but in the past, it was bearable. Now with a child, every new parent is going to do their best to keep the sickness from reaching them.

I am curious to see what you readers can recommend to help combat the spread of colds from within a family. Once I get home, I will try some Airborne to see if that can help fight it off however if that doesn't work, I am not sure of the next step. I can stay clear of Rylan when I'm at home but that is going to cause Rylan to be fussy as he already gets mad when I'm late from work. This will also put an extra load on my wife as we share the duties and when I get home from work, I do the diaper changes and whatnot.

Any suggestions?


Yeah. You can't. It's inevitable. Wash your hands, take your vitamins, drink water.

I'd say avoid contact, but that's just not possible in a close family.

Written by Jared on Jan 31, 2006

Drink lots and lots of OJ :)

Written by Julie on Jan 31, 2006

You could wear one of those Dr.'s masks.

Personally, I think Jared's and Julie's advice is best.

Written by Jessica on Jan 31, 2006

Try Ziacam- it comes as a nasal spray, lozange, and as a throat spray- it kind of tastes yucky but as a sped teacher who is exposed to all kinds of fun stuff it does cut down on colds- particulary the duration. CVS sells it!

Written by Erin Alanna on Jan 31, 2006

If Rylan is still nursing, he will probably be just fine. They have an amazing level of resistance when they are nursing.

I do hope you feel better soon and that your wife doesn't come down with anything. Have her take her prenatals, drink plenty of water, and wash hands more than ever.

Written by Karen on Feb 1, 2006

Thanks for the tips everyone. As for now, I am trying just Airborne and trying not to be in everyones faces. The sore throat Im having seems minimal so far and with Rylan breastfeeding, I am sure he will remain sick free.

Written by Kevin on Feb 1, 2006

I agree with Karen. Breastfeeding is the way to go to help prevent sickness. At 19 months our daughter has been sick twice -- an ear infection (which is common in infants) and a regular cold. Mom and Dad had two colds last month, but our daughter only caught the second one.

Aside from that, wash toys now and then, especially before/after playmates visit. Carry alcohol wipe packets and wash hands after every shopping cart ride, etc. Wash your own hands at the proper times too because your kid observes you. This time next year he will be emulating everything you taught him.

Written by AJ on Feb 4, 2006

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